Sunday, June 22, 2008

Moving On To The Next Project

Well, I've decided that the wrap dress isn't the perfect summer dress I was looking for. I'm not going to make it up in the good stuff until fall and use the sleeves that came with the pattern. You see, it was 106 degrees for the last three days and with all that fabric wrapped around me I was suffocating. I only had it on to take photos and look at the fit. There were no sleeves on the dress yet either and I thought I was going to die. I couldn't imagine wearing it outside. So, I'm moving on to Simplicity 3805.

I like the short, sleeveless dress. Last night I altered the pattern and today I'll sew up a muslin. It's such an easy dress to sew up. If the muslin fits, I'll get the dress done today. I hope I have enough of some stashed pink printed rayon for it. When I bought this pattern, I also got Simplicity 3773. It has the same basic shape with a great collar and a V-neckline. I think I can use my altered pattern above and just borrow the collar/neckline to morph on the pattern since it might already fit. I'm not sure about the belt and the pockets, but maybe.

I got an e-mail last night from that they were having a flat shipping rate sale for $3.95 until tomorrow. So, of course I had to take advantage of it and buy these fabrics.

slinky knit floral lavender

European printed floral Linen

White dotted swiss

I don't know why I'm so drawn to printed fabrics. I love big bright florals, but they don't look that good on me. For example:

I still haven't hemmed this yet. I've almost decided to cut it into a top and change out the sleeves to something more flattering. I really loved the fabric, but as Debbie Cook said, "The dress is wearing her, she isn't wearing the dress." I'll try to keep from making this mistake again. Maybe I should make the collared dress in a solid. I have some crepe fabric almost that same green color. It's been in the stash for about 15 years.

Now off to get that sleeveless dress done.


  1. Sherrill - if you really want to wear the big bold prints, you need to add some solid color in key spots so that your eye has a place to rest. Otherwise it just looks like one huge if you added some solid color in blue or brown to the neckline, sleeve hems, waistline or the hem of the would provide boundaries for the print or rest stops for the eyes.

    Try my suggestion and see if you like it. I think you will be able to marry your love of larger, bolder prints to the fashions you love and lose "the dress is wearing you look."

  2. Carolyn took the words right out of my mouth. As you know I love prints too, but without a solid somewhere, it's just too much of a blob on me.

  3. I've discovered a liking for prints too. I think Carolyn's suggestion is a good one and worth trying.

  4. Carolyn's suggestion is on the ball. I think in this situation, this is where the sewer's creativity comes into play. I'm trying to discern the pattern lines in the dress--it' looks like it's a twist top: maybe making the top in on a solid and the rest of the dress in the pattern (or vice-versa) or adding contrast piping or bands where the different pattern pieces are joined. I like large patterns, too, and it can be an added challenge to make the fabric choice work. :)

  5. I agree with you so much about prints. I find them very seductive to sew. I can at least get that fantasy worked out on my grandchildren's clothing! They are fun to sew. You have gotten some great advice here on using them. Can't wait to see what you come up with next.


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